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Dampier "in limbo" as Bobcats phone rings off hook with trade offers

Sep 12, 2010, 8:58 PM EDT

Dampier.jpgIt’s been 60 days as of Monday since the Charlotte Bobcats acquired Erick Dampier from Dallas. Which means that as of Monday they can trade him. So their phone is ringing off the hook.

Dampier did not reach a minutes played marker in his contract last season, so his deal is not guaranteed. Waive him and his $13 million contract comes right off the books. Like magic. A lot of teams would like that to get below the luxury tax by doing that. The Bobcats are one of them.

But first, they are looking around to see if there is any trade value for him, as they told the Associated Press. Maybe try to get a point guard to replace Raymond Felton (shipped to New York).

But [Bobcats GM Rod] Higgins is lowering expectations. While saying there’s no “drop dead date” to get a deal done, they may end up simply waiving him.

“The conversations have been had around the league,” Higgins said. “I don’t know if there’s going to be anything that subsequently gets done.”

The Bobcats will not take a player back at more than $5 million, to stay under the tax threshold themselves. So no, the Carmelo Anthony rumors are not true. The financial considerations limit what Charlotte can get back in terms of quality, but it never hurts to ask. I guess.

All of this means Erick Dampier is working out and wondering where he will play next season. And for how much.

“For me, it’s just limbo,” said Dampier, who had arthroscopic knee surgery in May. “I don’t really know what’s going to happen.”

The process to answer that question starts in earnest Monday.

  1. Ricky - Sep 12, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    you what bobcats can do they can try to to trade Boris Diaw and Erick dampier contract for Jamal Crawford and a 1st round pick from the hawks. It will make the bobcats right under the luxury tax and will help both teams bobcats can have scorer of the bench in jamal crawford and hawks get a 2 big guys. Bobcats should then just waive some guy on the roster like diop and then sign louis amundson.
    Bobcats win: Jamal crawford, 1st round pick, they sign Louis Amundson
    loss: waive Diop trade Erick dampier and boris diaw
    Hawks win: Erick dampier, Boris Diaw
    lose: Jamal crawford and a 1st round pick

  2. charlie12 - Sep 12, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    Or bobcats can just simply waive erick dampier and then sign Louis Amundson. That way they have a big man to be replaced. The best option I think is to make a three way deal with the Nuggets Hawks and Bobcats. Bobcats should land jamal crawford and get rid of one of the these players either diop, Erick dampier ,boris diaw or maybe Gerald Henderson. They should end with Jamal Crawford and Louis amundson, While still being under the luxary tax. The Goal is while we may not have a point guard we already solve our problem about having a guy coming of the bench and score which is jamal crawford then sign louis amundson as our big man.

  3. BalleR101 - Sep 12, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    Charlie I agree with you or
    Give Erick dampier and boris Diaw away and trade Diop for a draft pick. They should sign louis Amundson, and get Jamal crawford from the hawks he wants to be traded so why not the bobcats? Also the Hawks get a Big man in return which is Erick dampier and then boris diaw can be traded aswell but i dont know who.
    But yeah I agree
    bobcats should end up with Jamal Crawford and Louis AMundson

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